Sunday, March 22, 2020

Being outdoors is essential

As I write this, I expect my state to go into lockdown tomorrow. What this really means, I don't know. Outwardly, it is supposed to mean that you only do essential errands, but going for walks outside is okay. But how far can you drive to walk? To the county limits? Beyond if you don't stop anywhere? Nobody knows.

After a week of frantic conference calls, attended by people who were clearly unable to telework professionally, I knew I had to escape to the outdoors.  The drive to Cow Creek is a rough one, taking an hour to drive 15 miles, so I rarely attempt it. But the call of the river was too much. Arriving at the trailhead, I was horrified to see large groups of people sitting around in lawn chairs, partying. But fortunately few people were on the trail, and we all gave each other wide berths.

At the confluence of the Imnaha and the Snake, there were two other backpacking groups (it is rare to see even one other group). However, I knew of a secret beach, so I made my way there. Nobody was around, the sand was warm, it was perfect.

I wanted to see the stars, so I left the rain fly off. The temperature dropped into the 30s, which tested the limits of my backpacking quilt, but it was too magical to cover up.
 Before sleeping I took an after dinner walk. I had made the rookie mistake of bringing a stove but not fuel! And nowhere is open for me to buy any. Good thing I am experienced in the art of cold soaking. Bean salad for the win!

I always think that I will hang out in the morning and read but once morning comes I am ready to get going. I was packed and on the trail by 7:20.
The sun was just starting to peek out as I reached the confluence (tiptoeing past sleeping campers).
I don't know about you, but a 24 hour break from the news and social media was perfect. I wish I could go for longer.

Stay healthy, friends!

12 comments:

  1. I'm one of those who has had the steep learning curve of trying to telework this past week. But I'm thankful for a job that allows that option. People here in the metro area have been too selfish to stay home, flooding the coast and Gorge hiking trails, so I know a lockdown of the Portland area will most certainly happen tomorrow. Stay safe and healthy!

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    1. Unfortunately that Portland thing caused us to lock down also, which is kind of silly considering that our situation is very different. I'm sad that our state parks have closed fir no reason. We don't have crowds there. Good luck teleworking. I like it.

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  2. Love, love this. Just the break you needed in a beautiful (and warmer) place. We go on lockdown in Michigan today; of course in our household, that's been basically true for months!.. Take care of you, J. R, C, P and P.

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    1. I spend so much time at home working that things have not really changed all that much. But I do miss the wilderness.

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  3. So frustrating that perfect weather for the outdoors has finally arrived. So grateful for our view to ease the pain of not being able to make the most of it.

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    1. Yes, it is no longer possible to drive here, so I am glad I got out.

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  4. What a nice escape from reality!

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    1. Wish I could have holed up for a few months down there.

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  5. Strange times. It appears Boulder's trails have been packed as well. Even this secondary and little-known trailhead near my house was overflowing with cars this weekend. Meanwhile folks on NextDoor are yelling about anyone who deigns to go outside at all. Yes, these are strange times and they're going to get stranger.

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    1. Because of the time of year we just don't have crowds. It would be different if it were summer. I just want this to be over.

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  6. We've been told if you have to drive to a trailhead it's too far. Glad M and I got a couple good hikes in last week. Wish I could telework, it would beat the numerous emails I gotten the last 1.5 weeks giving a new standby date. I'm just hoping that by the time this order is done the weather clears again and that will allow M and I to get back out on some trails. Being on a trail lightens her mood and takes it off the of no prom, no graduation ceremony possibility. Take care, stay healthy, be safe!

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    1. If you have to drive to a trailhead it is too far? That seems silly. (mine are 6 miles, that is too far?) I guess if we get told that, I will just ride my bike. :)

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